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Yohan Blake eyes cricket switch with Yorkshire

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World champion Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has sensationally revealed he wishes to pursue a career in cricket.

The 24-year-old has declared his love for the sport, and has even arranged a future net session with county side Yorkshire.

He said: ""Cricket is something that I really love, it's my first love. I think I'm going to tackle it.

"I'm a fast bowler, like Jimmy Anderson. I want someone to measure the speed of my bowling. I run in so fast and, with my strong shoulders, I want to see how quick I am through the air."

His off-hand comments were noted by Yorkshire, who tweeted: "Let's get that sorted; come and have a net with us."

It would be great publicity for the Headingley side, as well as a chance to potentially unearth the next Jamaican cricketing superstar.

Ande Blake is not the only Jamaican sprinter who has flirted with crossing over sports, following Usain Bolt's training day with Manchester United, and subsequent admission post-London 2012 that he may wish to become a long-jumper for the Caribbean island.

Blake would undoubtedly boast a run-up rapid enough to give batsmen nightmares, and he claims to be able to bowl in the region of 90mph.

He is the joint-second fastest man in history, with a personal best of 9.69 seconds, but it remains to be seen how the Jamaican handles the bat and ball.

Blake will compete in the Great CityGames in Manchester in the 150m, looking to bounce back from his recent injury-stricken spell on the sidelines.

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